Enjoy Your Weekend in Decatur

sunnyWow- the weather is predicted to be 70 degrees this Saturday. Here are some fun activities to enjoy over the weekend.

The Annual Run With the Dogs will be held in the morning. You don’t need to have a dog to run or walk in this event that benefits the Decatur Booster Club. It is also the first in the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge. We will be honoring last years Grand Slam Fitness Champions after the race. A side note – the race is subtitled “Frostbite 5K” but that will not apply this year! One year we actually had to cancel it as the course was covered in ice and snow!

There will be an Intro Group Riding Skills Clinic for adults  beginning at Glennwood Elementary at 1:30pm. This ride is about 5 miles and you will learn bike skills as well as “rules” for riding in a group.

Visit one of the many parks or greenspaces in the city. Children can enjoy the playgrounds and grown-ups can work out on the adult exercise equipment at Glenlake Park.

Tennis players may want to drop in at the Glenlake Tennis Center for Adult Drills on Sunday from 9:30 to 11am. Only $10 for Decatur residents. Players of all levels are welcome.

Stop by the tourism tent on the Old Courthouse Square and pick up a Walking Tour Brochure. Select the tour that suits you the best and enjoy walking around Decatur. Be sure to stop at one of our many fine restaurants and get a cool beverage or snack to enjoy after the walk.

Table Tennis fans can enjoy their sport at Beacon Hill Center on Sunday from 10am until 1pm. Free to Decatur residents. Beacon Hill is located at the corner of West Trinity Place and Electric Avenue. Beginners to advanced players are welcome.

Take a stroll either day through the Historic Decatur Cemetery. Pick up a Walking Tour Brochure from the Cemetery Office or City Hall or download it here.

Pick up a Bicycle Suitability Map and ride through the scenic streets of Decatur. Maps are also availabe at Decatur Tourism, City Hall and the Decatur Recreation Center front desk.

Above all, have fun and stay active in Decatur this weekend!

Run with the Dogs This Saturday

runwithdogs13logo1It is not too late to Run With the Dogs this Saturday, January 12th at 9am.. The weather is predicted to be in the 60’s so be sure to register today! The race begins and ends in front of Decatur High School and benefits the Decatur Booster Club. For more information and to register, click here.

The run/walk event is the first in the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness series, so be sure to start the new year off on the right (or left) foot!

Run With the Dogs on January 12

RWTD Poster 2013_Final It is time to register for Run With the Dogs!

The annual Booster Club run/walk event, Run With the Dogs Frostbite 5K, will be held on Saturday, January 12  at 9am.

Help our Bulldgos excel. Participate in this annual fundraiser that helps our student athletes bring their “A” game. Get your New Year off on the right foot in a chilly 9am run through Decatur with Decatur Bulldog supporters and their four-legged friends.

The Run With the Dogs is the first in the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge events for 2013, so get started early in the year!

For more information and to register click here.

Start Off The New Year With a “Run With the Dogs”

The Decatur Bulldog Boosters invite you to the 7th Annual “Run With the Dogs” on Saturday, January 7th at 9am. The race will feature a single 5K  where runners and dog-owners can run or walk with (or without) their dogs. Runners receive a commemorative t-shirt and canine participants receive a sporty “race”-kerchief.

The “Run With the Dogs” kicks off the second annual Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge, which encourages you to stay active year round.  Awards for last year’s Grand Slam Fitness “Champions” will be presented after the “Run With the Dogs”.  So come on out and burn off those holiday calories!

To register for the race on January 7th, click here.

Run With the Dogs A BIG Success

Over 200 Runners "Ran with the Dogs"

Last weekend’s Run With the Dogs,  hosted by the Decatur Booster Club, was a resounding  success. (Yes, I have to say it: “It was a dog-gone success”!) Chair Bill Ainslee reports that the race was a success in both terms of participation and money raised for the high school and middle school sports programs. The race drew approximately 220 runners, a  number much higher than past years. Mr. Ainslee said that one of the contributing factors to the higher number of runners was the participation of the City’s Active Living Department and our Grand Slam Fitness Challenge. The Run with the Dogs was the first in the series.

Active Living Board Members MIchael Harbin and Bill Adams


Healthy Snacks Awaiting the Runners and Walkers


What would a run with the dogs be without dogs?


MC Doug Aholt and his Children


Awards for the Winners

Run With the Dogs This Saturday!

The annual Decatur Booster Club “Run With the Dogs” is this Saturday, beginning at 9am at Decatur High School. The race is part of the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge, so get out your running (or walking) shoes and have a fun morning being active. And  no, you don’t have to bring a dog!

The 5K run begins at 9:00 am, rain or shine. Registration will take place in front of Decatur High School beginning at 8:00 am. Decatur High School, Renfroe Middle School, Glennwood Academy and City of Decatur elementary school students, parents, alumni, friends, neighbors and runners of all levels are invited to participate. Runners are invited to run with their dogs in a special group.

All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to help fund the sports programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

The race will begin and end in front of Decatur High School on North McDonough Street in Decatur. Parking is available in the upper parking lot off Howard Avenue.

For more information click here.

Run With the Dogs This Coming Saturday

From Michael Harbin of the Decatur Active Living Board:

Start now on the Grand Slam Fitness Challenge by running or walking this coming Saturday at the Run With the Dogs! The six events of the Fitness Challenge can be a fun way to set some goals for this year. This Saturday is the first opportunity to complete one of your four run/walk events that will qualify you for the 2011 Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge Award. The Run With The Dogs, a 5K run/walk event, begins in front of Decatur High at 9 AM, Saturday, January 8. All proceeds from the event go to support the athletic programs at Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School. For more information click here.

 Get your friends and neighbors (and dogs) together and start 2011 “on the right (or left) foot.”

 Be sure to wear your Team Decatur t-shirt. There will be a special drawing for a nice prize for which only Team Decatur t-shirt wearers will be eligible.

 We hope to see you there! Help us build interest in Team Decatur for the 2011 Kaiser-Permanente Run/Walk!!!

Make Plans to “Run With the Dogs” January 8th

From Bill Ainslee:

The Sixth Annual Run With The Dogs is January 8th! The Decatur Bulldog Boosters would like to let the Decatur dog-loving and running communities know of the 6th Annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters 5K “Run with the Dogs” on Saturday, January 8th at 9:00 a.m. The race will feature a single 5K race where runners and dog-owners can run with (or without) their dogs. T-shirts, awards, and treats will be available to race participants as well as a sporty “race”-kerchief for canine participants. Sponsorship opportunities are available for a limited time. All proceeds go to funding the uniform, equipment, and awards for our student-athletes at the middle and high schools. So come on out and run off a few of those Holiday calories with Decatur and its Dogs! This will be the first race in the inaugural year of the City of Decatur’s Grand Slam of Fitness which encourages Team Decatur participants, as well as the entire City, to walk/run year round, beginning with the Run with the Dogs in January. In the wake of the City of Decatur and Team Decatur’s success in the KP Corporate Run/Walk and winning the Most Fit City Award, Team Decatur is ready to make 2011 an active year in Decatur! Complete 4 of 6 races and become entitled to move into the ranks of “Grand Slam Winners!” So get ready and get you and your canine fit and come join the DBB on January 8th, 2011, for the Winter Run with the Dogs!

Registration forms can be found on www.active.com, www.running4fitness.com and at DBB Web page. Any questions can be forwarded to Bill Ainslie at ainslie.william@epa.gov. Hope to see y’all there!